One of the observations shared most often from readers is relief at finding a place where they can feel at home and understood, even celebrated. They had grown accustomed to being all but invisible amid the mommy-centric culture in which we now live. (I guess you could say we’re counter-culture.)
This week provided ample evidence that we’re actually very much here, there and everywhere:
- I saw the film, Georgia O’Keeffe, last night and was reminded of the unique legacies associated with our special tribe of women. We are capable of expressing a different view of the world through the lens of our lives, our own experiences. Monica Wiesblott is one such woman. In Ventura, CA, you can visit Monica’s art exhibit through October 23. She’s a talented artist, with a gift for telling stories in poignant and power images. You can learn more about her work in this interview.
- Christina Gombar wrote an honest and insightful column about the nature of friendships and the motherhood divide that ran in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and Dr. Irene Levine’s friendship blog . The piece and the comments that resulted shed light on a set of ideas not often heard today. (Nice work, Christina!)
- In an odd twist of fate, The New York Times paired a media segment from June 2008 called Voices of Infertility with a story on the latest Nobel Prize winner for medicine, Dr. Robert Edwards. That the majority of women profiled didn’t succeed with the IVF treatment Dr. Edwards pioneered was truly ironic. When I saw my picture under the Nobel Prize winner’s shot I couldn’t help but feel like Forest Gump.
- And in Finland — as I learned this morning — even with language barriers we still have a chance to understand each other from the heart. Simpukka, the Finnish Infertility Association, shares a story in its latest magazine that resonates beyond traditional borders. It examines a universal experience when we’re left to find a new path. Kudos to Natalia for tackling a very tough topic. (Thank you, too. I am honored to know you.)